Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESB - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESBNickel Brook Equilibrium ESB

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Reviews: 2
Hads: 15
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sammy on 05-09-2014

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Reviews: 2 | Hads: 15
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for about $2.85 CDN, as part of the Nickel Brook summer tasters pack.

Appearance - a cloudy honey brown colored beer is poured, with two fingers of frothy ivory head and great staying power. Plenty of visible carbonation towards the top of the glass.

Smell - clean subtle grain aroma with a hoppy presence, some citrus is definitely present too. Subtle yet very inviting.

Taste - starts a little sweet, caramel and grains in there, before turning to a fruity flavor with a sour cherry element in there. Finishes with roasted grain and a long bitterness, although not to the point of being excessive. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel - smooth and quite creamy, medium body despite more ABV than usual in this style. Modest carbonation.

Overall - personally, I think this is a very good effort from Nickel Brook, hitting the right notes, with pleasant bitterness, a touch of roastiness and some fruit all mingled together in a way that is pleasing, thirst quenching, and representative of an excellent beer in the style. Definitely a winner. (1,085 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ESB (Extra Strong Bitter) looks extra sleek; polished garnet highlights and a fiery, bottom-dwelling flare lend a colourful glossiness to this otherwise glassy, non-transparent ale. Equilibrium also has a head like a sponge that appears to slowly be swallowing the glass whole.

It's difficult to describe an aroma that doesn't exist - or at least one that doesn't want to be discovered. It was apparent from the word 'go' there was no shortage of nutty, biscuity sweet flavour but it took a lot of swirling and warmth before these notes would willingly hand themselves over.

If only the aroma could be more like the taste. Whereas the nose has to work hard the palate need just sit back and that malty, caramelly flavour simply throws itself at the tongue. Traces of resin and citrus mop up quickly. This leafy, lightly fruity bitterness courses through the beer's veins.

Sadly everything ends at the swallow; the taste disappears so quickly you'd think it had somewhere more important to be. I'd love a little more time with the toasted nuttiness and candied grapefruit notes. I like my ESBs to be medium-full (emphasis on full) and this one is medium-light (emphasis on light).

'Equilibrium' is a good name for an ESB - it captures the juxtaposition between sweet malt and bitter hops that defines the style. The recipe could have done a better job at this, mind you, but it's a nice example all the same. Besides, Nickelbrook continues to get better and better so this one may improve yet... (1,517 characters)

Nickel Brook Equilibrium ESB from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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